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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2012

VOL. 78, NO. 51

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WOODSIDE, L.I.C., N.Y. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2012

by Rob MacKay

Respect, love and community spirit filled the frigid Sunnyside air during a Tuesday night vigil honoring victims of the Dec. 14 shooting massacre in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Carrying candles and photos, more than 200 participants – including dozens of children – marched from Sunnyside Reformed Church down 48th Street to Sunnyside Gardens Park, where they shared memories, songs, speeches, tears and hot chocolate provided by Aubergine Café. Organized by City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and his staffers, the procession honored the memory of all the tragedy’s victims with a special focus on those who had local ties. Benjamin Wheeler, age six, began life in the area, but moved with his parents, Francine and David, and older

brother, Nate, to Connecticut at an early age. “Please think of Ben with a smile as you go on with your daily lives,” said Gretchen Schmelz Armstrong, reading a note from Francine describing an energetic boy who loved the 7 train, dinosaurs, pianos, elevators and his brother Nate. Dawn Hochsprung, 47, the school’s principal who died defending students from gunman Adam Lanza, left stepsister Nicole Perkins-Isleib, a Connecticut native who currently lives in Woodside’s Celtic Park. “[Hochsprung] was dedicated to her whole family and all her students. She was just really, really vivacious and loved what she did,” said PerkinsIsleib. “She was a hero. She went out trying to save people…Take this opportunity during the holidays to love your family.” (continued on page 4)

Santa Baby

Photos by Joe Gurrado

Sunnyside Honors Connecticut Victims With Local Ties

FREE Parents David and Francine, older brother Nate and younger brother Ben.

Fireman Awarded For Heroism

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Larry, a Celtic Park guard, visits Santa while on break.

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Councilman Van Bramer presents award to Brian McGowan for his herosim. Also in photo is Mark Wilensky.

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Sunnyside Honors Connecticut Victims With Local Ties Roger Hitts pointed to a spot in the park where the Wheelers had celebrated a baby shower months before Ben’s birth in 2006. Friends had chipped in to buy them a double baby stroller. Now the community was saying goodbye to Ben in the same place where most people had met him. “We’re shocked. We’re saddened. We’re devastated,” Hitts said, before using a loudspeaker to play the song “Come Sit Beside Me,” which was sung by

Francine, a children’s music specialist. The lyrics include: “Come sit beside me; hold my hand; sing me a song; of the things you have planned.” Bright Woodruff Owens noted that Francine was a co-founder of SunnyMoms, an on-line parenting-support group which now has 897 members (including Perkins-Isleib). “Our hearts are heavy with unbearable grief… We are here for you,” Owens said. “We will never, ever forget your son.” The memorial ended with students from P.S. 150 singing “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen and “Silent Night” with their music teacher, Paul Madden, playing the guitar before the I.S. 125 chorus sang “You Can Count On Me Like 1, 2, 3” by Bruno Mars.

Father Brian Dowd (Queen of Angels RC Church) offering his prayers.

Children march with photos of the Wheelers.

Candlelight vigil at Sunnyside Gardens Park

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Santa Baby by Sue Baldock

Nearly 300 children sat on Santa’s lap at the Sunnyside Shines BID office this year. Young and old children or not, everyone was smiling from ear to ear. Well almost everyone. One little boy sadly admitted that he had been bad recently. When Santa asked what he had done, he stated “Mommy made me bad”. Interested, Santa dove deeper to find that Mommy had gone to a party, leaving the little boy home with Daddy much to his chagrin. Laughing with the little boy’s parents and friends, Santa gleefully explained that sometimes Mommies like to go out. Other children recounted all the chores that they perform to be on the good list like brushing their teeth (yes, this is a chore for children), putting their clothes in the hamper and watering the plants. When asked what special plant he had to water now, Alex couldn’t remember until Santa chuckled “it’s the Christmas tree of course”! As he left for the North Pole, Santa was heard saying “all the children of Sunnyside are wonderful! I love them all and can hardly wait to visit again on Christmas Eve”. Remember, whether it’s through his elf on the shelf or the Magic of Christmas, Santa sees all – so you better watch out, you better not cry, you better not shout cause Santa Claus is coming back to town!

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Firefighter Awarded

by Joe Gurrado

Fire Fighter and Sunnyside native, Brian McGowan responded to an alarm in the Bronx, which turned out to be a false alarm. While at the false alarm he noticed a disturbance down the street, which turned out to actually be a fire. He heard noise up on the 3rd floor and when he went in, he found 3 little girls trapped in the fire itself. He saved the lives of all 3. Sunnyside Boys and Girls Club along with CM Van Bramer presented FDNY Brian McGowan with an award at the PS 199 gym for saving 3 young girls lives.

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VFW Essay Contest Winners

(L-R) Anne Walsh Ladies Auxiliary, Sagine Thingue, Mary Roeder Ladies Auxiliary, Michele R. Younger, Marvin Jeffcoat PCC, Andria Padilla, Senior Vice Commander Mike Smith, Mallaigh Anne Ashton, Gemma Cullen Ladies Auxiliary, and Frances Schmidt Ladies Auxiliary. Photo courtesy Ms. JoAnn Martin Principal St. Sebastian’s RC School.

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Senior Vice Commander Mike Smith presented Patriots Pen Awards at St. Sebastian’s RC School in Woodside. This year’s award ceremony was held on Friday December 16, 2012 at 8 AM in the auditorium of St. Sebastian School 39-76 58 Street Woodside NY 11377. Ms. JoAnn Dolan St. Sebastian’s Principal led the assembly in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance to kick off this year’s ceremony. St. Sebastian’s

hosts this academic awards ceremony annually each December. The essays are judge by the Ladies Auxiliary of the John V. Daniels Jr. VFW Post No. 2813. Our ladies took on the arduous task of grading over 100 well written essays. It is safe to say the ladies worked as hard as the children in this endeavor. On behalf of Post Commander Jerry Sisco congratulations and thank you to all of our contestants and judges.

John V. Daniels Jr. VFW Post No. 2813, 2011-12 Patriots Pen Essay Contest Winners!

1st: Mallaigh Anne Ashton of St Sebastian’s RC School $100 2nd:Andria Padilla of St Sebastian’s RC School $50 3rd: Michele R. Younger of St Sebastian’s RC School $25 4th: Sagine Thingue of St Sebastian’s RC School $25

LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE •

On December 13th, CM Van Bramer attended the Dutch Kills Civic Association’s Christmas Party at Growing Up Green Charter School. Before the holiday party began, Van Bramer swore in the civic association’s new officers: President Dominick Steller, Vice President Thea Romano, Treasurer Gloria Moloney, Financial Secretary Marge Fasano, Recording Secretary Patrica Wilson and Sergeant at arms Vincent Natale.

PROBATE CITATION FILE NO. 2010-2649 SURROGATE’S COURT-QUEENS COUNTYCITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: John Joseph Perez, Christopher Perez, Alison Niederberger, Jaxon Perez, Bessie Jane Perez, Theresa Jolynn Perez Heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of Frances Gwiazdzinski, deceased, if living and if any of them be dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees, and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained with due diligence. A petition having been duly filed by Anne M. Serles who is domiciled at 1201 Oxford Avenue, Richland Washington 99352 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s

Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York on January 24 th, 2013 at 9:30 AM of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Frances Gwiazdzinski, deceased lately domiciled at 64-15 58 th Road, Maspeth, New York 11378 admitting to probate a will dated August 8 th 1974, (a codicil dated), as the will of Frances Gwiazdzinski deceased, relating to real and personal property and directing that Letters of Administration c.t.a. issue to Anne M. Serles Dated Attested and Sealed Nov 21,2012 HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate Margaret M. Gribbon Chief Clerk Attorney for the Petitioner Barbara Pryor PC, Address of Attorney 6549 Grand Avenue, Maspeth, New York 11378 Telephone number 718894-0297 NOTE: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to

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appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you. 11/30/12, 12/7/12, 12/14/ 12, 12/21/12 Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 11/30/12, bearing Index Number NC000826-12/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) CHRISTOPHER (Last) GRANDE My present name is (First) CHRISTOPHER (Middle) GRANDE (Last) PRIMO (Infant). My present address is 39-57 64 th St., Apt. #1, Woodside, NY 11377. My place of birth is Queens, NY. My date of birth is April 13, 2000.


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St. John’s Basketball Scout Day Cub Scout Pack 390 and their Den Mothers attended St John’s University’s Boy Scout Day at the Carnesecca Arena, Queens Campus along with Packs from all over the New York Metropolitan area. The Pack joined other Packs as they cheered St John’s on to a come from behind 57-49 victory over NJIT Highlanders. The Red Storm Men’s Basketball Team took a late lead in the second quarter to best NJIT Highlanders.

Pack 390 Moms: Nami Russo, Catherina Cheung, Diana Quizphpi, Tomoko Herrera, Jennifer Reynaud, Maria Jeffcoat.

Front Row: Cub Master Marvin R. Jeffcoat, Madison Castillo, Steven Ross, Jonathan Reynaud, Aurelius Herrera, Kazuki Russo, Alexander Ovanessian, Isamu Russo, and Assistant Cub Master Anthony Tonns. Second Row: Michael Tonns, Wilfredo Reynaud Jr., Bryan Rivera, Emmanuel Jeffcoat, and Anthony Cuzo.

Letters To The Editor The following letters are the opinions of its author and not necessarily those of the Woodside Herald.

Tech Upgrades At Sunnyside H.S.

Thank You Dear Editor, I want to thank you for printing my letter about the food pantry. I would like to ask a favor - could you print a ‘Thank you’ to all the volunteers at St. Mary’s, St. Teresa’s and St. Raphael’s for all they do to help their community. May they have a HAPPY HOLIDAY and BEST WISHES. And to all at the Woodside Herald, Happy Holiday’s to you.

Lydia, Ruthie, Pauline, Frank, Laura, Lilia, Bob and Tom

On December 13th, CM Van Bramer spoke at a special Parent Teacher Association Meeting at Queens Vocational High School in Sunnyside. The school and PTA presented Bramer with certificates of appreciation for his support of the school’s technology upgrades and auditorium updates he has funded. The Council Member has allocated approximately $100,000 toward upgrades and enhancements at the local high school. In this photo: CM Van Bramer is joined by Principal Melissa Burg, Assistant Principal George Alikakos, Assistant Principal Jeanette Newman, members of the Parent Teachers Association and students from the Future Business Leaders of America and Virtual Enterprise Firm. To Advertise E-mail SSabba@WoodsideHerald.com or call 718-729-3772


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It’s In Western Queens! Christmas is here! So an Astoria eatery will hold a feast featuring Jewish and Chinese cuisine on Dec. 24. Those looking for more traditional Yuletide fun can attend a Nutcracker performance or eat breakfast with Santa Claus.

Here’s the rundown on upcoming events: December 20th, Lilith: Mother of Dreams @ 7pm This “modern American suitcase opera” is co-written by Spaneas, the artist-in-residence at the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. $10 suggested donation. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., (718) 463-7700.

December 21st, Irish Movie Night @ 7:30pm Two Emerald Isle flicks: The Dead (1987), an adaptation of a James Joyce love letter; and Cluck (2011), a comedy short about a feathered friend who upsets a family’s pecking order. $11/$6 seniors, students, unemployed/free for anyone displaced by Hurricane Sandy and members of the press. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, (718) 482-0909.

Dec. 21st, The Prodigal Scrooge: A Holiday Gospel Faith Musical @ 7pm Ebenezer Scrooge is an arrogant casino owner whose ambition overshadows all aspects of his life. On Christmas Eve, three messengers from God visit, and he soon revisits his abusive childhood and a lost love. $15-$20. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.

December 22nd, The Nutcracker: A Christmas Celebration @ 1pm & 3pm Visit the Enchanted Forest with its magical, dancing snowflakes and the wondrously beautiful Sugarplum Fairy. $16/$12 members, children/$10 member children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., (718) 463-7700.

December 22nd, Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 am – 10 am Guests get a Polaroid photo with Santa Claus and a buffet including scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, pancakes, bacon, toast, orange juice and coffee or tea. Proceeds from the breakfasts will go to relief efforts related to Hurricane Sandy. Astoria Applebee’s, 38-01 35th Ave. Contact Rob MacKay at (718) 263-0546, ext. 12, or rmackay@queensny.org.

December 24th, Woks and Lox @ 8pm A Jewish/Chinese nosh party! Celebrated chef Chichi Wang takes care of the menu, but there will also be Mah Jong, a Bar Mitzvah-esque sign-in board and a Chinese auction with prizes. (Proceeds will go to Jews for Racial & Economic Justice and the Committee Against AntiAsian Violence.) $28. The Queens Kickshaw, 40-17 Broadway, Astoria, (718) 777-0913.

Lighting The Shady Tree Shady Park lost many trees due to Hurricane Sandy, which prompted the LIC community to organize a holiday tree decorating and park beautification day, which took place last Friday, December 14th.

The Road To RecoveryScouts In Action- Part I by Peter A. Ross

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy there has been no shortage of stories regarding the devastation due to the storm but as the silver lining to the cloud there have also been no shortage of stories of neighbors helping neighbors through this incredibly difficult time both locally and from a distance. The Boy Scouts have not been idle during this time either and a couple of recent events of note will be highlighted. In hearing of the widespread destruction both in the Rockaways, Brooklyn and Staten Island the leadership of Boy Scout Troop and Pack 106 of Pathfinder District, Queens Council, led by Scoutmaster Michael Schulte, was moved to act. The Troop and Pack had 10,000 flyers printed, which were distributed mainly in the Middle Village neighborhood where they are housed, calling for donations of food, water, clothing and supplies (batteries, flashlights, blankets) for those in need whether homeless or without utilities and /or food or the ability to cook. The response to their call was nothing short of spectacular as the gymnasium of Trinity Lutheran Church at 6370 Dry Harbor Road was packed with donations during the week-long collection made from November 4th through November 9th. A massive effort involving 40 to 50 volunteers to sort, bag and tag the donations then followed. In total 12 truckloads (ranging from commercial vans and ambulances to a 28 foot box truck) of clothing and supplies were collected and subsequently transported during a period of fuel shortages and even snowfall to various points on the Rockaway peninsula to various distribution centers in order to assist the residents of Breezy Point, the Rockaways, and Broad Channel. In addition to this project Troop 106 also purchased 35 blankets which were donated to residents who were still without power in the Canarsie area of Brooklyn. The money for this purchase was actually made by way of a food drive collection by one of the Troop’s Scouts (Jose) accomplished the month prior to the storm. It was decided that the monetary collections by the efforts of this one Scout would be best used to assist those literally in the cold and without heat or utilities. Through connections made during their Hurricane Sandy relief drive the need in Canarsie was identified and met. Troop and Pack 106 would like to thank all the volunteers who assisted in any way with the drive whether by distributing the flyers, donating items, helping with sorting, bagging, tagging, loading the transport vehicles and/or distribution. Special thanks (not a complete listing- you all know who you are) to volunteers from Troops/Packs 106, 427, 96, 349, 70, Pathfinder District, District Commissioner Laurie Handler, Scouter John Pritchard, the businesses in Middle Village who allowed for the distribution of flyers and gave material assistance, Trinity Lutheran Church for allowing the invasion of their gymnasium during the collection week and beyond, the residents of Middle Village for their outpouring of support, and all the transporters especially the Corona Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Scoutmaster Schulte offered a story of how when distribution was being accomplished following the drive he saw a child wearing a towel and nothing else after the snowstorm which hit following the hurricane. It was sights such as these that solidified the need to act and to help, to do what Scouts do! To see a video of the drive as it unfolded check out the Troop 106 website at www.troop106ny.com or http://vimeo.com/53586118. More “Scouts in Action” regarding Hurricane Sandy to follow. Photo Credit: Mike Schulte

Senator Gianaris with CM Van Bramer, trimming the tree.

Trinity Lutheran Church’s gymnasium (in Middle Village, Queens) packed with donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy during Boy Scout Troop 106’s Relief Drive last month.Volunteers sorted and bagged clothing donations made during the Relief Drive. Scouts loaded one of the twelve truckloads of donated goods for distribution to those in need in the Rockaways, Breezy Point and Broad Channel during Troop 106’s Relief Drive in Middle Village, Queens.

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